NBA Daily: News, Recaps, & Previewing Today's Games

Monday's 9-game slate of NBA action brought more wall-to-wall excitment and a plethora of close games, headlined by the San Antonio Spurs pounding the Philadelphia 76ers, beating them 119-68. The Washington Wizards also upset the Miami Heat 114-103, while the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 110-106 victory.

There are only six games on tap for today, but all of them offer plenty of intrigue:

Portland Trail Blazers at Cleveland Cavaliers - 7:00 pm ET

Cleveland has lost three games in a row, and are looking to snap that streak against the Blazers, who have won two of their last three games.

Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers - 7:00 pm ET

Golden State is looking to extend their record NBA start to 23-0 against the Pacers, who have lost their last two games. The Warriors could become the first team in NBA history to win their first 13 games on the road.

Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets - 7:30 pm ET

Houston has won three straight games and could get back to .500 with a win against the 5-15 Nets. Brooklyn beat the Rockets 106-98 in their previous matchup on Nov. 11.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies - 8:00 pm ET

The Thunder and Grizzlies are both looking for their 13th win of the season. Memphis won the first matchup between the two 122-114 on Nov. 16, though Kevin Durant didn't play for OKC.

Orlando Magic at Denver Nuggets - 9:00 pm ET

Orlando has won five of their last six games, and are looking to keep the momentum going against a Denver team that has won two in a row after an eight-game losing streak.

Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings - 10:00 pm ET

Utah has won three of their last five games, but will be playing without star center Rudy Gobert tonight against the Kings, who are trying to snap a three-game losing streak.

Here are the latest news and rumors from around the league:

Cavs forward LeBron James is expected to play tonight against the Blazers after sitting out of Saturday's loss to the Heat.

James also signed a lifetime contract with Nike.

The 76ers hired Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations.

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said his goal is to be better than Michael Jordan.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak ripped the team, frustrated by lack of production.

Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki said Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis is "way better" that he was at 20 years old.

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